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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Shahlo Rakhmonova

 

Detained Since: November 5, 2009.

Charges: Attempting to change the constitutional order of Uzbekistan, and preparing or distributing materials threatening public security and public order.

Sentence: Six-and-a-half years in prison.

Biography: Shahlo Rakhmonova and her relatives Mehriniso Hamdamova and Zulkhumor Hamdamova were convicted in April 2010 on criminal charges of threatening the constitutional order, public security, and public order because they had conducted private religious instruction of girls.  Mehriniso Hamdamova, a teacher at an officially approved women’s religion course at Karshi’s Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, was sentenced to seven years in a prison camp; her sister Zulkhumor Hamdamova, and their relative Shahlo Rakhmonova, each received six-and-a-half-year terms. Mehriniso and Zulkhumor have since been released.